Michele Boiron, Director, Boiron S.A., France, at the time of visit to India, and after having great interaction with researchers, doctors, students and patients identified that from being a substitute system of medicine, homeopathy has become analternative system of medicine and a primary healthcare choice to cure both acute and chronic medical conditions. People including allopathic doctors are accepting homeopathy like never before.
Shehas repeatedly observed many astonishing cures with homeopathic medicines, in his own life, which has convinced herthat homeopathy is self-assured to play a big role in the medicine of the future, not only in curing people when sick but also just as valuable in anticipatory healthcare.
From a modest beginning with just 200 drugs during Hahnemann’s time, today there are more than 2,000clinically-tested homeopathic medicines in rehearsal. The growing popularity of it can be judged from the fact that the World Health Organisation has recognised it as the second largest system of medicine in the world. From the last 250 years, this system of medicine has made an extraordinary journey and has a cheerful future across the world.
Regardless of the criticism, there is a worldwide rise in the use of homeopathy and rapid expansion of the global market leading to further growth of safe and quality homeopathic drugs. Today, homeopathy is proficient in 80 countries and more than 50 crore people across the world have faith in Homeopathy.
In recent times, homeopathy has made major developments in regions like the Mediterranean basin, South America, Eastern Europe, and India is growing at more than 20% every year the world over.
The utilization of homeopathic medicines, mostly as nonprescription medicines, is growing in many parts of the world., regardless of the fact that, national regulatory frameworks and health care systems differing from country to country. Homeopathic medicines are now accessible over the counter (OTC) and treatments are being obtainable by insurance companies under their comprehensive health insurance policy. Even though, some hospitals in India and Dubai previously have homeopathy section as part of their OPDs. Presently, people are now progressively demanding a substitute to the orthodox system of western medicine that emphases on holistic healing, not just on a specific illness in isolation.
Many factors are there that have to lead to a resurrection of homeopathy globally. The first and very main factor is standardisation, that is trendy at a rapid pace in industrialised countries, homeopathy is coming on par with allopathic medicines. As of now homeopathic medication is pre medicated, prepackaged, sealed, and labelled which is representative to be a boon for patients. New packaging tubes are prepared from food grade plastic and administration has become hygienic and easier using modern technology.
Secondly, many clinical trials have demystified the ‘placebo theory’ and confirmed that homeopathy has a scientific basis and really works. One such study, the EPI3 study has sufficiently confirmed the effectiveness of homeopathic practice versus conventional practice by underlining how homeopathy can be as operative as conventional practice with fewer side effects.
Third, the range of diseases curable with homeopathy has become much inclusive than previously thought of and study has proven that homeopathy is the best option for long term care of chronic illness. Some of the illnesses recovered with homeopathic treatment are ENT, digestive, cardiovascular and osteoarticular problems as well as behavioural and psychiatric disorders.
Last but not least, homeopathic medicines are cost-effective proven by the French government after comparing the cost of Homeopathy with allopathic.
But the journey does not end there, still more chances are there for the development. Stakeholders, including the government and private companies, have a vibrant role to play so as to underwrite towards making homeopathy mainstream and popular. To promote clinical research in homeopathy, the more clinical hospital needs to be open. Additionally, benefits of non-conventional therapies must be included in Ongoing Medical Education programs through conventional medical training. Moreover, all homeopathic medicines should obey with pharmacopeia specifications and quality requirements. Producers need to safeguard that Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines prevail during the manufacturing process alike to conventional pharmaceuticals.
In the end, she has a question for the critics, thatshe humbly asks, would the market for homeopathy keep mounting if it were not helping people?